A Sunday Brompton Meander

Today’s weather was perfect for it, so we headed out for a brief cycle around the Isle of Dogs. I on my shiny new M3L Brompton and @FrankDJS on a Boris Bike.

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It’s still taking me a stupid amount of time to get the thing folded and unfolded, but I’m definitely faster than on day one. And I’ve since bought the Brompton folding basket for the front. It’s excellent – lightweight, holds a ton of stuff and folds to almost flat for storage back at the apartment.

I had a lot of Amazon vouchers left over from my birthday in February, so I also splashed out and got the Brompton O Bag for commuting. That hasn’t turned up, but I’ll post a review once I’ve had a chance to use it. All the same, the basket held a messenger bag, a couple of sweaters, some drinks and various bits and bobs. As it’s attached to the frame, not the handlebars, the weight is centred and steering isn’t affected at all.

I have to admit, this took a little getting used to – I’d turn the handlebars, but the basket didn’t budge, which is very counterintuitive! I kept thinking I wasn’t going to turn, or that the handlebars had somehow become detached from the front wheel.

Yes. It’s been a while since I cycled.

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We took it very easy. @FrankDJS  being Dutch, has cycling virtually in his DNA. But I’m less confident, so we stuck to the river path and avoided the traffic. This took us all around the Isle of Dogs and back home. We passed some scenic spots like the O2, Greenwich and some lovely houseboats.

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After that, it was back to Starbucks for a coffee. I have to admit, I found it difficult to operate the bike in “shopping cart” mode and had to carry it around instead. Something else to practice. All the same, folded up, it fit perfectly under the table in Starbucks.

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Looking forward to more and longer trips in the coming weeks.

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